UK

NUT backs further strike action

Schools are to face widespread disruption after teachers voted to stage further strikes

Teachers have voted to stage further strikes, starting with a summer walkout, in a long-running bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions, leaving schools facing the prospect of widespread disruption.

CBI boss defends commission move

John Cridland said that the CBI is not trying to influence the Scottish voter

The head of the CBI has expressed "considerable regret" at the withdrawal of Scottish Government agencies as members of the business group after it registered with the Electoral Commission backing a "no" vote in the independence referendum.

Father 'scared' for sons in Syria

Family photo of Abdullah Deghayes, 18, who has been killed in Syria

The father of a British teenager killed in Syria has said he is "scared" for his two other sons and urged them to leave the war-torn country where they have gone to fight.

Mourners arrive for Peaches funeral

Mystery still surrounds the death of Peaches Geldof

Mourners have started to arrive ahead of the funeral of Peaches Geldof as a host of celebrities prepare to say farewell to the television presenter and model.

Firms face 'ownership register'

Business Secretary Vince Cable wants to tackle the "darker side of capitalism"

Legislation requiring companies to declare publicly who are their true owners is set to be included in the Queen's Speech in a crackdown on tax evasion and money laundering, Business Secretary Vince Cable has signalled.

Affordable lenders 'need £450m aid'

A think tank has called for action to be taken to boost competition to payday lenders

A £450 million levy on the consumer credit industry should be used to create a "new generation" of affordable lenders to take on Britain's legal loan sharks, a leading think tank has said.

Malignant melanoma rates increase

People are urged to use a sun protection factor of at least 15 as it was revealed malignant melanoma cases are on the rise

Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, new figures show.

UK is a plural society, PM told

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of "mischaracterising" the UK

David Cameron's controversial claim that Britain is a "Christian country" risks sowing "alienation and division" in society, a group of leading public figures has warned.

Mallinder: We need to be better

Kahn Fotuali'i crossed the line in Northampton's nervy victory over London Irish

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder admitted his players need to be better when they reach the Aviva Premiership play-offs after watching his side "switch off" and nearly throw away victory in their 36-21 win over London Irish.

Maguire suffers another early exit

Stephen Maguire's first round woes continued in Sheffield

Stephen Maguire tumbled out of the Dafabet World Championship in an all-too-familiar heartbreaking fashion as Welsh qualifier Ryan Day claimed the Scot's scalp on Sunday.